Mothering Forum banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,146 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Ok ladies I'm so badly engorged I can't stand it and I need help. I can't tell is this is normal or excessive. It's got to be too bad.<br><br>
My breast are huge, red, painful and full all the time. Not really as full as they are swollen but the pain is aweful. I've tried cabbage leaves, ice packs and motrin and nothing helps much. My baby was born on Tuesday and last night is when this started. Today it's gone really bad.<br><br>
He was loosing weight from not nursing efficiently but is going up now. He's nursing better today but I'm afraid of what is happening. My husband keeps reminding me that this is when people quit and that I have to figure out a way to get through this. I know he's right and I just want to cry thinking about the pain or not nursing.<br><br>
What on earth can I do? Is there something I can do that I"m not already? BTW< I am feeding as much as I can get him to. He's a little tired nurser and will not more than every 2 hours and I am pumping to releive also. Thanks!!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,347 Posts
First of all Hugs! I hate it that you are in pain! One minor relief for you should be knowing you don't have supply issues that some women deal with.<br><br>
You can get in the shower and massage your breasts. Start with circular motions from the outside and work toward the nipple. You may need to see a lactation consultant if it doesn't subside to check you out. I'd avoid pumping TOO much because it will continue to increase your supply, but pumping a little should bring some relief. Change your position when nursing - have baby nurse from different positions - pointing nose / chin in the direction of the painful parts of the breast.<br><br>
You may have a plugged duct based on your description. Check out more info here:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/engorgement.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...gorgement.html</a><br><br>
I hope the pain subsides soon - hang in there mom - it will not last forever - once you get those ducts drained and your supply adjusted things should get A LOT easier for you! This is a wonderful essential gift to your baby! You're a great mom for enduring this for your baby's best health!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,770 Posts
If you pump to relieve the pressure you may contribute to engorgement by telling your body to produce more milk than your baby can drink. If you're going to pump, do it only the teeny tiniest bit until you feel relief, not until you've drained the breast.<br><br>
It can definitely hurt the first couple of weeks as your breasts get used to nursing again, whether or not baby has a latch problem. Do you think he's latching and nursing well now? It might help to call your local LLL leader and have her take a look to make sure everything is OK.<br><br>
Did you have IV antibiotics during labor that might have contributed to thrush?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,146 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
No ABX. He seems to be nursing better today. I used the shield alot last night because I was so tired I didn't want to fight with him over latching but today he hasn't used it at all. I think what I'll do is have my midwife come over with her scale and do a pre and post feed weight to see if his latch is effective in getting him enough milk. I've been doing only football hold since he gets a deep latch that way so I may have to switch up a bit. The pain is a little better today but still very very uncomfortable to say the least. I'm constantly feeling letdown and urges to feed him even when he's not crying. I talked to a LLL leader and she wasn't as helpful as I'd hoped she would be. She didn't seem to have any ideas of what to do or what is normal. The redness is less today so hopefully it's just pain and not infection. I'm off to take a nap and a shower. Thanks everyone!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,448 Posts
I think you'd have an infection if there were other symptoms such as a fever or other flu like symptoms. But it's always possible. Just try and rest as much as possible and hopefully you'll feel better soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,825 Posts
Oh mama, I feel your pain. I've always had a LOT of milk. Exactly like you describe during the newborn period. I have large breasts to start with, and they almost double in size (seriously!). I've been known to actually get <i>bruised</i> due to having so much milk come in. And as for the red, swollen breasts, YES! There is a huge range of normal for nursing moms, and although this type of physical reaction seems extreme, it is within the range of normal.<br><br>
Sounds like you're doing the right things... nursing frequently, making sure that baby is latching and nursing well, cold packs, cabbage leaves. The only thing I might suggest is to cut back on the pumping. I know that you are terribly engorged and in pain. But pumping will only stimulate your breasts to make more milk, which is exactly what you DON'T want. It's okay to pump or express a little bit of milk right before a feeding, to soften the breast & make it easier for the baby to latch on. But lots of pumping can just make the problem worse.<br><br>
Hot showers are great, as are hot baths. I have distinct memories of being engorged & in too much pain to sleep when my youngest dd was 1-2 weeks old. I ended up running a hot bath and laying chest down in the hot water for awhile in the middle of the night until the baby woke up to nurse.<br><br>
It *will* get better, but it may take a couple of weeks for your body to regulate the amount of milk that you're producing.<br><br>
But I wanted to post and let you know that what you're experiencing IS normal, and it is possible to get through it and have a very successful nursing relationship.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,146 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
thanks, things are getting better. i'm feeling like things will be looking up very soon. he's nursing right now and i'm using the dreaded nipple sheild to pul my nipples out more and help him gain weight. now if i can just figure out how to nurse and type....
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
19,789 Posts
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Hope it continues to get better and CONGRATS & WELCOME to COLE!!!
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top